New Orleans area employment has not bounced back to 2019 levels in May | Business News


The Crescent City metro area lost 1,000 jobs over the month but regained 32,000 jobs over the year for 524,400 jobs.

The eight parish region which includes Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany had 587,500 jobs in May 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020. 

Trade, transportation and utilities related work dominate the New Orleans metro area with 103,800 jobs compared to 96,900 in May 2020, which is still down compared to 112,200 jobs in May 2019.

Education and health services, which includes private and charter school teachers, hit 102,100 jobs in May compared to 97,300 jobs when schools were largely virtual in May 2020. That sector has not rebounded to its pre-pandemic level of 103,500 jobs. Professional and business services had 70,800 jobs compared to 66,900 in May 2020 which lingers behind 76,600 workers in May 2019. 

Even government sector jobs have not reboundedwith 70,600 jobs down from 71,300 in May 2020 and 75,300 in May 2019. 

Financial Activities had 28,800 jobs, down from 29,500 in May 2020 and 30,500 in May 2019. Likewise, construction is shrinking too: 24,600 compared to 26,00 in May 2020 and 29,200 in May 2019. 

Leisure and hospitality had 64,300 jobs compared to 48,500 in May 2020, a far cry from 92,400 jobs in Mary 2019.

Other services had 21,700 jobs in May, up from 18,300 in May 2020 but down from 24,600 in May 2019. Information, which includes the motion picture industry, was down to 5,700 jobs in May compared to 5,600 one year before and 8,900 in May 2019. Mining and logging, which includes oil and gas, hit 3,400 jobs compared to 3,800 jobs in May 2020 and 4,300 jobs before the pandemic in 2019. 

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Louisiana statewide added 600 jobs month-to-month, for a total of 1.8 million, according to data released Tuesday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

That’s 97,300 more jobs, or 5.5% more than in May 2020. These numbers are not seasonally adjusted and this data was compiled through surveys conducted in mid-May.

The New Orleans unemployment rate was 8.1%, down from 8.2% in April but down from 16.7% in May 2020. Louisiana’s unemployment rate was 6.7%, compared to 13.5% last year. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5% compared to 13% in May 2020.

BATON ROUGE: The Capital metro area lost 1,400 jobs over the month to 385,100. Government hit 76,900 compared to before the pandemic began in May 2019 with 76,400 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities businesses had 67,200 jobs; Education and health services, had 51,600 jobs up from 50,000 in May 2020 but still down from 54,100 in May 2019. Professional and business services had 46,500 jobs, up from 45,800 one year ago but still down compared to 49,700 jobs. Construction surpassed May 2020 with 40,600 workers compared to 36,900 but has not breached May 2019 employment of 50,600 jobs. Leisure and hospitality had 36,100 jobs, up from last year’s low of 26,900 but has not rebounded to 40,600 workers in May 2019. Manufacturing hit 29,000 jobs, flat over the year, but still 800 jobs shy of May 2019. Financial activities employed 16,500 workers, down from 16,700 in May 2020, still further from 18,900 before the pandemic in May 2019. Other services had 15,400 jobs, up from 13,400 jobs in May 2020 but down compared to 17,100 in May 2019. Information, which includes the motion picture industry, hit 4,600 jobs compared to 4,000 jobs in May 2020 and was down from 5,000 in May 2019. The Baton Rouge unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 6%, compared to 12.4% in May 2020.

LAFAYETTE: The Acadiana metro area added 1,200 jobs over the month and 7,800 jobs over the year to 191,700 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities was the largest employment sector in the region with 40,000 workers up from 38,000 last year but not higher than 41,800 in May 2019. Education and health services accounted for 33,400 jobs up from 30,700 jobs in May 2020 but higher than in May 2019 when there were 32,600 jobs in that sector. Leisure and hospitality had 19,700 jobs compared to 15,900 in May 2020, down still from 21,900 in May 2019. The Lafayette unemployment rate was 6% in May, flat over the month, but up from a peak in May 2020 of 12%.

OTHER AREAS: The Hammond metro unemployment rate was 7.5% with 45,800 jobs compared to 42,200; Lake Charles, 6.9% with 93,500 jobs compared to 93,700; Shreveport-Bossier City, 6.5% with 167,300 jobs compared to 157,900; Monroe, 5.8% with 74,600 jobs compared to 70,700; Houma-Thibodaux, 5.6% with 82,700 jobs compared to 78,700; Alexandria, 4.6% with 59,800 jobs compared to 57,000.

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